New London Architecture

Kirsten Lees

Managing Partner

Grimshaw Architects

Kirsten Lees
Kirsten is the Managing Partner of Grimshaw's London studio; she is highly experienced in architecture, strategic planning, urban design and regeneration of sensitive environments within the arts, sports and master planning sectors. She brings insight and creativity to the development of strategic projects and demonstrates strong conceptual judgment when integrating buildings into sensitive settings.
Genuine innovation and architectural distinction distinguish Kirsten’s projects, which are founded on the insightful translation of client and stakeholder objectives. Her work has been acknowledged for its subtle response to place, the pre-eminence of the cultural agenda and its unique expressive and material qualities. Project examples include Arter Contemporary Art Museum in Istanbul, a new grandstand for The Curragh Racecourse in Ireland, the Mönchengladbach urban regeneration strategy in Germany, and the Wimbledon Tennis Championships Masterplan.

In recognition of both her leadership of Grimshaw and her architectural work, Kirsten was shortlisted for BD Architectural Leader of the Year in 2020 and won the WICE 2022 Best Female Architect award, with a special commendation as Most Distinguished Winner. 

Latest contributions

Olympic cities: changing the perception of ‘Olympic architecture’

City Dialogues, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

18 July 2022

Olympic cities: changing the perception of ‘Olympic architecture’

Kirsten Lees, Managing Partner of Grimshaw London and Paris studios, reflects on the impact the Paris Olympic Games will have on city and sports architecture.

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Olympic Cities


Olympic Cities

28 June 2022


Kirsten Lees

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